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August 6, 2013

New parks may be in future of city

BY JAKE McGUIRE
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — The City Council of Chickasha held a special work session on Aug. 5, concerning the parks and recreations master plan, and possibly adding two intake pipes to the Ft. Cobb Reservoir.

Brad Molten, an engineer from Dallas, provided the master plan to develop the parks in Chickasha and possibly create new ones at places like Chickasha Lake.

Molten said, areas like Chickasha Lake and Shannon Springs Park could bring in more revenue if it was improved.

He said, all parks including, Austin, Centennial, Richie, and Washita Valley Park could improve and make the citizens of Chickasha proud of the parks they have. According to a study conducted by Molten, 37 percent of citizens in Chickasha said they were dissatisfied with the parks and recreational system in Chickasha.

Molten suggested improvements such as trails for bikers and walkers.

“The biggest complaint citizens had were the bathrooms, and also things like graffiti,” Molten said.

A survey showed 88 percent of Chickasha citizens prefer to visit Shannon Springs Park over any other.

Molten and the city council are hoping to eventually improve Chickasha’s Sports Complex, by creating more practice fields and making adding parking. They hope to attract baseball and softball teams that play in tournaments and need a nice place to compete.

“Restaurants and hotels are getting a lot of business because of teams coming and playing at the complex,” Fairburn said. “The concession stand also gets a lot of business which helps pay for the operations of the complex,” Fairburn said.

Fairburn said the complex isn’t just for the traveling teams. It’s also for the local adult and youth leagues.

The council also covered the city’s plan to add two new pipes to the intake system at Ft. Cobb Lake.

Fairburn said there is currently a pipe at 1335 feet and the city plans to add two new pipes at 1328 feet, and 1321 feet.

The current water level of Ft. Cobb is 1338 feet.

Fairburn and the council hopes by adding two pipes, it will help prevent Chickasha from suffering if there is a long-term drought.

“If we stay in a drought, this will help is take in water, deeper,” Fairburn said. “As the lake level drops we’ll still be able to get our water,” Fairburn said.

The City Council will meet on Aug. 19 where they will vote on adding the intake pipes.